Update: Nassau Hall Sit-In

On Wednesday afternoon, the sit-in spilled into the hallway outside President Eisgruber ’83’s office. (Mary Hui ’17)

On Wednesday afternoon, the sit-in spilled into the hallway outside President Eisgruber ’83’s office. (Mary Hui ’17)

The student sit-in led by Princeton’s Black Justice League will begin its second day with a town-hall meeting at the Nassau Hall atrium at 9 a.m. Last night, students slept inside President Eisgruber ’83’s office while other supporters camped outside Nassau Hall. The protesters received visitors, including Rev. William Barber II, a national NAACP board member; Professor Eddie Glaude *97, chair of the African American Studies department; and Ruth Simmons, a University trustee, former Princeton provost, and president emerita of Brown University.

READ MORE: The University Press Club’s ongoing coverage of the protest

From The Daily Princetonian, Students “walkout and speakout,” occupy Nassau Hall until demands of Black Justice League are met

From The New York Times, Princeton Students Hold Sit-In on Racial Justice

From WPRB News, audio coverage of the protest’s first 10 hours


Princeton Students Sit In at Nassau Hall, Demanding Improvements to Experience of Black Students

President Eisgruber ’83, right, listens to the demands of the Black Justice League. (PAW/W. Raymond Ollwerther ’71)

President Eisgruber ’83, right, listens to the demands of the Black Justice League. (PAW/W. Raymond Ollwerther ’71)

Students began a sit-in in President Christopher Eisgruber ’83’s office today to support demands that include acknowledging the “racist legacy” of Woodrow Wilson 1879 and renaming the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Wilson College. The students are also seeking cultural competency training for all staff and faculty, required courses on the history of marginalized peoples, and a cultural space on campus specifically for black students. They vowed to continue the sit-in until Eisgruber signs their list of demands. Eisgruber and Dean of the College Jill Dolan met with the students soon after the sit-in began.

President Eisgruber ’83 and Dean of the College Jill Dolan meet with students inside Eisgruber’s office. (Mary Hui ’17)

President Eisgruber ’83 and Dean of the College Jill Dolan meet with students inside Eisgruber’s office. (Mary Hui ’17)

(Mary Hui ’17)

(Mary Hui ’17)

READ MORE: Full text of the students’ demands is available on the Princeton Black Justice League Facebook page.

Tiger of the Week: Daniel Velasco ’13, Teach for America Alum and Charter School Mentor Teacher

Daniel Velasco ’13 (Courtesy Daniel Velasco)

Daniel Velasco ’13 (Courtesy Daniel Velasco)

By Jeanette Beebe ’14

Outside Daniel Velasco ’13’s classroom window at the 21st Century Charter School in Gary, Ind., stands an abandoned building with boarded up windows. But the view doesn’t bother Velasco — his focus is on his students, not his surroundings.

“I absolutely love all of my students, even those that make me want to pull my hair out,” Velasco said with a chuckle. “The greatest lesson I have learned from them is patience.”

This is Velasco’s third year at the charter school. During his first two, he taught full time as a Teach for America fellow. Velasco taught AP United States history, AP world history, economics, government, and world history. He has also tried to build relationships with his students, and to connect with them as a mentor.

“When I teach my kids, stay after school with them, and host tutoring sessions during breaks, I think about the teachers that did that for me,” he said.

After completing his two-year Teach for America commitment, Velasco decided to stay at the 21st Century Charter School as a mentor teacher. In this role, he continues to teach half time, and he also serves as a building leader. Although he is young, he has considerable responsibility at the school. He works closely with two building administrators and 25 teachers.

In the mornings, Velasco teaches economics and government classes to 12th graders. In the afternoons, he observes teachers in their classrooms and gives them feedback in order to help them improve their teaching style and instruction.

“Life as a teacher is both draining and rewarding,” he said. “My life is completely different than when I was at Princeton, because I no longer have just my education and my future to worry about, but also my students’.”

Velasco’s own education was global. He’s a city-loving, second-generation Mexican Midwesterner who was born and raised in Chicago. He spent much of his time at Princeton — well, not at Princeton. Continue reading

Princeton Women’s Soccer Advances in NCAA Tournament

Mimi Asom ’19 (Office of Athletic Communications)

Mimi Asom ’19 (Office of Athletic Communications)

The scene had all the makings of a nail-biter for the Princeton women’s soccer team. The Tigers entered the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday with an undefeated record in Ivy League play and a high-powered offense that held four top-10 Division I statistical rankings: third in assists per game, sixth in points per game, eighth in goals per game, and 10th in shots per game. Princeton’s opponent, Boston College, has been a perennial competitor in the NCAA Tournament. This year marked the Eagles’ 14th appearance in the last 17 seasons. Prior to missing the tournament last year for the first time in 11 years, Boston College had not lost in the first round since falling on penalty kicks to Connecticut in 2007.

But the game was not so close, as Princeton advanced to the Round of 32 over the Eagles in a 4-2 victory on Saturday evening at Roberts Stadium. Freshman forward Mimi Asom, who was unanimously voted Ivy League Rookie of the Year last week, continued her dominant season by scoring goals in the 23rd and 35th minutes of the first half. The goals also tied Asom with Linda DeBoer ’86 for the Princeton freshman record of 12 goals in a season.

Asom would get assistance from veteran teammates, as junior forward Tyler Lussi added a strike at the 41st minute to put the Tigers ahead 3-1 at the half. Lussi would add another goal at the beginning of the second half, bringing her career total to 43, just four shy of Esmeralda Negron ’05’s program record. Senior defender Emily Sura had a career night as well, as her three assists gave the co-captain the first multi-assist game of her career.

The score remained 4-1 for almost the entire second half until Boston College scored again in the 89th minute. Too little too late for the Eagles, though, as Princeton advanced to the next round of NCAA Tournament play on a cold November night in front of a crowd of nearly a thousand.

The Tigers will now face the University of Southern California in the Round of 32, with the match set for Friday on Virginia’s home field. The winner of that match will face the winner of Virginia and UNC-Wilmington. Princeton and USC have never met in women’s soccer.

Quick Takes

Football fell in a tight contest against Ivy nemesis Yale on Saturday afternoon. Despite senior wideout Isaiah Barnes’ career day, which included six receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns, the Tigers were not able to maintain their 28-24 lead going into the fourth quarter. Princeton fell 35-28 in front of a crowd of 11,623.

Women’s volleyball completed a third consecutive weekend sweep — this time defeating Cornell and Columbia on Friday and Saturday nights — to earn a share of the Ivy championship. The Tigers will play Harvard in Cambridge next weekend in a match for the league’s NCAA Tournament bid.

Field hockey knocked off No. 5 Maryland with a 3-1 victory in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Sophia Tornetta ’19 scored twice in the win. The Tigers fell in the second round to No. 2 Syracuse, 5-0.

Women’s cross country placed third at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional held in Princeton on Friday. Senior Emily de La Bruyere and junior Lizzie Bird placed second and third in the race respectively, as the Tigers placed six runners in the top 50. The Tigers were awarded one of the 13 at-large team bids to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 21.

Killer Care: Can the Medical Profession Learn From Its Mistakes?

James B. Lieber ’71

James B. Lieber ’71

In Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America’s Third Largest Cause of Death, and What Can be Done About It, James B. Lieber ’71 recounts enough medical tragedies — a college freshman’s death from a drug interaction, a young girl’s death due to a mismatched blood type — to make the most willing patient worry.

Lieber, a Pittsburgh-based lawyer, spent more than a decade researching medical errors after his mentor, a prominent attorney, died from a prescription overdose following a lung transplant. A victim of misdiagnosis himself — he almost had his toes amputated in a “never event,” a surgery the medical profession admits never should have happened — Lieber wants to give consumers a wake-up call.

“My goal is to bring this atrocious social problem that kills upwards of a quarter of a million people per year to the attention of the public,” Lieber says in an email. “Like Ralph Nader [’55], I think people have a right to be free from physical mayhem caused by businesses, including health care.” Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday: Tiger, Tiger, Tiger…

(PAW Archives)

(PAW Archives)

If you walk around the Princeton campus this Saturday, you likely will cross paths with the crowds of students and alumni flocking to Princeton Stadium for the Tigers’ home football finale against Yale.

Though Princeton fans have always been loud and proud, game day in 2015 looks a little bit different than it did 45 years ago. An October 1970 issue of PAW featured these photos of the Princeton cheerleaders — men and women, in the second year of coeducation — trying to rally the Palmer Stadium faithful.

The 1970 Tigers finished 5-4 overall, and running back Hank Bjorklund ’72 became the first Princeton player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. Bjorklund would later play for the New York Jets.

The 2015 Tigers are 5-3 heading into the Yale game and have been led by junior quarterback Chad Kanoff (1,731 passing yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions) and junior running back Joe Rhattigan (524 rushing yards, seven touchdowns).